Minotauro Vs. Cro Copnot Happening August 10th
Minotauro vs. Cro Cop
Not Happening August 10th
By Eduardo Alonso
After a lot of spectulation, endless comments and plenty of wait it’s now known that the fight between former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic is not going to happen as a superfight on PRIDE’s August 10th card. The Brazilian fighter himself wanted to take this fight badly, due to his imense desire to come back strong and erase all the bad feelings left in his last fight against Emelianenko Fedor, and the former champion was just waiting on PRIDE’s okay for the fight. However, it is now decided that this fight won’t take place, and Cro Cop will likley be facing another opponent, with rumors suggesting Igor Vovchanchyn’s name as his opponent. For Nogueira this is unfortunate, as he was hoping a win over Mirko would give him an immediate title shot after a possible win, and now chances are high that Minotauro will face none other than former UFC fighter Josh Barnett, although this hasn’t been decided yet by the Japanese fighting organization. Look for more information to come out soon!
United Full Contact Federation & AFC:
Held July 12, 2003
At the Lucky Eagle Casino
By Mike Neva
AMC Pankration fighter Charles "the punisher" Pearson, wanted to go out on top. He wanted to retire from the sport of mma on his terms. He wanted one last big fight before he rode off into the sunset. After defeating Darrell Smith in early March to retain his UFCF 155 lbs championship, Pearson stepped up to face his stiffest competition yet, American Top Team fighter, Edson Diniz. With the partisan hometown fans behind him, Pearson strolled to the ring confident and ready. The game plans were simple. Pearson, the kick boxer, wanted to keep it standing, and Diniz, the jiu-jitsu expert wanted to take it to the mat.
American Top Team head trainer Ricardo Liborio said of the fight "We planned to avoid his stand up game, his strikes, his knees, and we trained a lot of wrestling". Only seconds into the match it was Diniz who imposed his will, taking Pearson to the mat. Diniz patiently worked from half guard trying vehemently to attain full mount. However, Pearson was able to sweep and work back to his feet. From his back, Diniz instinctively grabbed Pearson’s ankle, tripping him and bringing the fight back to the canvas. This would spell the beginning of the end as Diniz was able to trap Pearson’s right arm pass to side mount and eventually sink into a tight arm triangle choke putting Pearson to sleep giving Diniz a hard fought submission victory.
In other action Landon Showalter scored a submission victory over the much-heralded Arizona prodigy Drew Fickett. Initially, Showalter appeared to be in a bit of trouble as Fickett locked in an arm bar, but Showalter was able wiggle out. After a Fickett takedown it was Showalter who adeptly worked in a tight triangle choke only three minutes into the first round. Roman Roytberg also made a triumphant return to the ring chopping down Cain Spaulding with devastating leg kicks. As the force of each kick echoed though out the arena, Spaulding finally had enough and called it quits mid way though the third round.
Extreme Force Quick Results
Photographs by Keith Mills
Note: Ian Freeman vs. Valentijn Overeem did not happen as Freeman reportedly had to pull out due to illness